PEI Healthy School Food Program moves to new non-profit organization

The successful PEI Healthy School Food Program which launched across Island schools in September 2020, will transition to a new non-profit organization that will continue to provide Island students with healthy, affordable, and locally sourced (whenever possible) lunch options.

The newly formed non-profit organization, PEI School Food Program Inc. will be responsible for managing the School Food Program beginning September 2021. The program will continue to use a pay-what-you-can model, to a maximum of $5 per meal, in partnership with local food vendors to provide healthy lunch options in Island schools that meet Canada’s Food Guide.

“I am very proud of the staff in the department and everyone involved, who were able to build such a successful school food program during a global pandemic. We are happy to see a group of experienced and dedicated people take over this important program and to keep on providing nutritious meals to support the minds and bodies of our Island students.” 

- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Natalie Jameson

The PEI School Food Inc. is operating with an interim board of directors that includes chair Austin Clement, chef and program manager at the Culinary Institute; Heather Mullen, PEI Home and School Federation president; Elise Arsenault, director of PEI French Health Network; and Roberta Larsen, Health PEI dietitian. 

“The current school food team within the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has done a tremendous job in delivering the school food program and has positioned us well to build on this solid foundation,” said Austin Clement. “They have ensured that the framework is strong, and the stage is set for us to continue providing students with a healthy, affordable and sustainable school food program.”

“The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased that the school food program is transitioning to a non-profit model,” said Heather Mullen. “From our initial discussions with students, parents, teachers, chefs, and producers, there was a strong desire to have school food led with a non-profit viewpoint.” 

Funding to PEI School Food Inc. will be provided by the Department of Social Development and Housing.  The department will also continue the summer food security program that delivers healthy meals to children at home until September 3, 2021. To register, visit Summer Food Security Program

“By providing ongoing support to these critical programs, we are increasing food security among children and families to help reach our goal of eliminating poverty,” said Minister of Social Development and Housing Brad Trivers. “Healthy, nutritious meals play a key role in helping children realize their full potential, both for themselves and for their communities.”

PEI School Food Inc. is currently finalizing its website, which is where families will order school lunches beginning this September.

To keep up to date with details follow @PEIschoolfood on Facebook and Twitter and @peischoolfood on Instagram. 

Media contact:
Alex Firth
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

Rebecca Gass
Department of Social Development and Housing

Austin Clement
Chair, PEI School Food Inc. 

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